By David Williams
The acclaimed sweeping historical past of a country at struggle with itself, advised right here for the 1st time via the folk who lived it.
Bottom-up historical past at its best possible, A People's background of the Civil struggle "does for the Civil struggle interval what Howard Zinn's A People's heritage of the us did for the research of yank background normally" (Library Journal). extensively praised upon its preliminary unlock, it was once defined as "meticulously researched and persuasively argued" via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Historian David Williams has written the 1st account of the yank Civil battle even though the eyes of standard people—foot infantrymen, slaves, ladies, prisoners of conflict, draft resisters, local americans, and others. Richly illustrated with little-known anecdotes and first-hand testimony, this pathbreaking narrative strikes past presidents and generals to inform a brand new and robust tale approximately America's such a lot damaging conflict.
A People's historical past of the Civil battle is "readable social historical past" which "sheds interesting mild" (Publishers Weekly) in this an important interval. In so doing it recovers the long-overlooked views and forgotten voices of 1 of the defining chapters of yank background. 40 b/w photographs.
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1 —ALFRED P. ALDRICH, SOUTH CAROLINA SECESSIONIST There was an undoubted majority of the people who desired to remain in the Union… . ” In the Confederacy’s future Virginia capital, Union supporters organized a mass meeting of the “working men of Richmond” and called on the government to put secession down. All across the South, thousands of worried plain folk did their best to head off secession. While most had opposed Lincoln’s candidacy, a similar majority saw no reason to destroy the country over his election.
Those who thought cooperation might offer at least some small protection were equally mistaken. Western commanders used the war as an excuse to define all Indians as threats to national security regardless of their posture toward the whites. In 1864, Cheyenne and Arapaho under Black Kettle negotiated peace, accepting settlement on the arid wastes of Sand Creek in eastern Colorado. But at dawn on November 29, soldiers led by militia colonel and Methodist minister John Chivington attacked the Sand Creek settlement, killing every Indian they could find, about 150 in all.